The Cyprus Institute for State and Church Relations (Κυπριακό Ινστιτούτο Σχέσεων Εκκλησίας και Πολιτείας — ΚΙΣΕΠ) is a fairly recent NGO and research center, founded in 2006 in Cyprus. Its principal aim is to promote dialogue and research in a scientific manner and influence policy decisions in the fields of church and state relations, multiculturalism, religious education, law and religion, religious freedom, fundamental human rights, canon law, family law, rights of the child, citizenship, etc.
The Institute was essentially founded, following the accession of the Republic of Cyprus in the European Union and in order to provide a forum for Cypriot researchers, to promote inter-disciplinary research and dissemination of research findings towards the Cypriot society. The Institute is currently associated with University Professors, researchers or successful professionals in their relative fields.
The Institute has successfully submitted numerous bids and has completed successful projects for the European Commission, the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and has received funding or carried out projects for various organizations, including the Church of Cyprus and the three religious groups of Cyprus. The Institute has successfully organized conferences in association with the University of Nicosia and the European Consortium on Church and State Research.
The Institute welcomes proposals for co-operation from both individual researchers and research institutions and is always ready to carry out advisory work for public, semi-public and independent authorities, as well as churches and other religious organizations.